Friday, November 21, 2008

Naming Pebble Beach

(Photo: 18th hole at Pebble Beach by swang168, Creative Commons license.)

Pebble Beach acquired its name quite simply. Look at the beach behind The Lodge, next to the famous 18th hole of the celebrated golf course, along picturesque Stillwater Cove. If you see pebbles there, you're looking at the namesake of the resort community. If the name didn't exist by 1878 when the Pacific Improvement Company bought the area, it did soon afterwards because it was cited in 1880 in a guidebook published in San Francisco. The new owners started to develop the area in 1881 as a summer attraction for guests at the posh Hotel Del Monte in Monterey. Horse and carriage trails became 17 Mile Drive, then a log lodge opened at the prettiest spot in 1909. The original lodge burned down in 1917. A more elegant replacement was built quickly, using lumber from a demolished hotel in Pacific Grove, and opened in 1919. That one grew into today's Lodge at Pebble Beach.

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